Summer is upon us, so there is no better time to discuss the dangers of the sun. Ultraviolet rays can truly cause harm to the skin. Whether you are young or old, it is important to know and understand the facts about sun exposure.
In May, a report was released by a British research team that more than 1/4 of middle-aged skin cells have actual DNA damage incurred by sun exposure. And these mutations seem normal to the naked eye but can be the first stages of skin cancer cells.
Sunscreen can help, but it is important to make sure that sunscreen is being regularly applied. Applying it occasionally, will not allow for the type of protection needed to avoid this DNA cell damage. Also, Jaime Garcia Dias suggests making sure that you reapply sunscreen when at the pool or beach is imperative. Just because a sunscreen says it is waterproof, does not mean it will stay on for several hours of sweat and water play.
While sunscreen is important for everyone, it is especially important to be applied to young children as they are at a more significant risk than teens and adults. Regular application of a 30+ SPF waterproof sunscreen during all outdoor activities, even on overcast days, will help limit sun damage. The CDC says at least 15+ SPF. Regular sunscreen use will limit the amount of damage to the skin from harsh UV rays and reduce the risk of skin cancer down the road.